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  • Portugal online gambling market suffers first revenue decline

    Portugal’s regulated online gambling market took a step backward in Q2 as locally licensed operators struggled to find new customers. The Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) regulatory body released its Q2 and H1 2017 online gambling figures on Tuesday, which showed the market’s seven...
  • Compliance Briefing: London to guide gaming industry to regulatory compliance

    The latest Compliance Briefing event, hosted by iGaming Academy, is coming to London on October 12th 2017. This one day event is designed to educate the online betting and gaming industry on significant regulatory changes upcoming 2017-18 that will impact their businesses. The event will be a deep-dive into...
  • Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

    A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines. The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist...
  • Bet365 faces legal action over delay in paying winning punter £54,000

    Bet365, one of the internet’s biggest bookmakers, is facing legal action from a customer over its failure to transfer a £54,000 balance to her bank account despite repeated requests over a period of months. While refusing to release the backer’s winnings on a series of horse racing bets, Bet365...
  • Ladbrokes could face inquiry after betting addicts’ details found in bin bag

    Ladbrokes could face an investigation from the gambling regulator over an incident in which confidential information about betting addicts, including photos, names and addresses, was found in a bin bag on the street. The Gambling Commission said it was looking into the bookmaker’s compliance with data protection laws after a passer-by found...
  • Sports betting ads to be banned ‘siren to siren’

    The federal government is poised to introduce new laws to ban gamb­ling advertising during live sporting events as early as next week — but the imminent move has prompted angry opposition from sporting bodies, which say the move will dramatically reduce funds for grassroots sport. The Australian understands that...
  • State-regulated online gambling ban may be reintroduced

    Jeff Sessions, the US Attorney General is reportedly considering the reintroduction of a federal ban on all state-regulated online gambling in the US.   Reports in the Huffington Post say that Sessions could consider reintroducing the ban despite a lack of public support and strong opposition from the National...
  • Ukraine to lift gambling ban

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine has accepted a Ministry of Finance letter promising to re-legalise gambling by 2018, almost eight years after it was outlawed. A previous legalisation proposal two years prior failed as operators felt that the tax rates and licensing fees were too high. Thosegambling ban implied...
  • US Department of Justice establish repayment plan for victims of Absolute Poker’s “Black Friday” fraud

    The Department of Justice have recently announced that Absolute Poker is to compensate players through a claims process similar to that of Full Tilt, which is part of an ongoing civil complaint settlement following the events of online poker’s “Black Friday” in 2011. In April 2011, the U.S. Department...
  • The EC rubber stamps Portugal’s online poker shared liquidity framework

    After a long and laborious wait, the European Commission finally rubber-stamped a technical framework from the Serviços de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos allowing them to start negotiating with other European regulators on a shared online poker liquidity scheme. The sorry saga for online poker pros trying to ply...
  • Gambling Commission delivers damning verdict on dispute procedures

    The Gambling Commission, which regulates all betting and gaming in the UK, has delivered a damning verdict on the gambling industry’s procedures for resolving complaints and disputes and warned that operators must act now to halt a sharp decline in the number of customers who believe gambling “is fair...
  • Australia seeks national point of consumption online betting tax

    Australia’s federal government wants to harmonize state-level online sports betting point-of-consumption taxes (POCT), potentially dealing a blow to the Northern Territory’s status as the country’s premier online licensing jurisdiction. On Friday, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) held a meeting with his state and territory counterparts to discuss the upcoming...
  • Bet365, William Hill latest to exit Poland’s online gambling market

    A growing number of Polish-facing online gambling operators are racing for the border ahead of new regulatory restrictions that take effect on April 1. Last December, Poland’s legislature approved the amended Polish Gambling Act, which imposes new domain- and payment-blocking measures on online operators who lack a Polish gaming...
  • Consortium propose casino and shopping complex in Malta

    Midi, a development consortium from Malta, has proposed a casino hotel and shopping complex for Manoel Island The consortium obtained a 99-year concession on the biggest part of the island 17 years ago. However, according to Times of Malta, Midi had a meeting with NGOs earlier this week where...
  • Kenya gov’t committee urges parliament to scrap gambling bill

    Kenya-based online sports betting operator SportPesa topped a recent list of what the country’s residents are looking up on Google. The Standard reported that six of the top-10 sites on Google’s rising search queries in Kenya over the first two months of 2017 belonged to betting companies. SportPesa’s Kenyan...
  • Czech court says gambling domain-blocking constitutional

    A court has ruled that Czech Republic’s plan to block unauthorized online gambling domains is constitutional. This month saw the launch of PokerStars.cz, the Czech Republic’s first licensed online poker and casino operator since the country’s new regulated online gambling market took effect on January 1. While many international...
  • Vietnam legalises betting on football, racing

    HANOI: Punters in gambling-mad Vietnam cheered the easing of a ban on sports betting Saturday, as the communist government moves to bring a booming black market industry above board.   Vietnam has long barred locals from gambling of any form, allowing only a few foreigner-only casinos. But the law...
  • Switzerland IP providers resist online casino blocks

    Swiss casinos want to block the domains of international online gambling operators serving Swiss players while awaiting online regulation: the problem is they may have to pay for them. Many casinos in Switzerland are struggling financially. They need the international blocks as a stopgap until expected regulation arrives circa...
  • Gambling tax blow as Gibraltar is deemed ‘one entity’ with UK

    Britain and Gibraltar count as one EU state in terms of a key aspect of the single market, a senior EU lawyer has said in an opinion that could affect the territory’s life after Brexit. The lawyer rebuffed a challenge by Gibraltar’s huge electronic gambling industry, the mainstay of...
  • Philippines targets online casinos, lottery operations

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) of Philippines said it will lead the task force that would crack down on illegal online gaming casinos and will also go after tax liabilities of small town lottery (STL) operations. This was bared by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered...
  • Bookmakers face losing their licence and huge fines over problem gambling

    Gambling firms that fail to tackle problem gambling and money laundering face heftier fines and a higher risk of losing their operating licence under a tougher regime to be unveiled by the industry’s regulator. The Gambling Commission will lay out its new enforcement strategy this month, detailing how bookmakers,...
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